The Mets will officially skip Jacob deGrom on Monday and start Rafael Montero in his place. After he had two poor outings, the Mets felt deGrom was fatigued and in need of some extra rest. Over those two starts, deGrom gave up thirteen runs—all of them earned—in 9.2 innings and saw his ERA jump from 2.29 to 2.96.
It feels like Montero has been around forever, but he is still only 25 years old. He’s made nine starts and two relief appearances in the big leagues since 2014, with two of those relief appearances coming very early this season. In total, he has a 4.45 ERA and 4.46 FIP in 56.2 innings with the Mets. Aside from those two relief appearances, he has spent most of this season with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, but he had a 7.20 ERA in 16 starts there. The Mets demoted him to Double-A Binghamton in mid-July, and in eight starts there, he has a 1.70 ERA.
The timing of this spot start isn’t ideal, as the Mets begin a four-game series against the Miami Marlins—one of the teams they’re competing against for a Wild Card spot—on Monday. Miami is scheduled to start the excellent Jose Fernandez in that game. Montero’s numbers in Double-A are encouraging, though it’s a level he should be dominating at this point. Perhaps this stint with the Mets, however brief it may be, will go better than his previous ones.